First Place Stanford Travels to Corvallis to Face Oregon State

Oct. 5, 2009

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The Game
The Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 3-0 Pac-10) will look to extend its winning streak to four games on Saturday when it visits Reser Stadium (45,674) to face the Oregon State Beavers (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10). Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.. Stanford is alone in first place in the Pac-10 with a 3-0 record following Saturday’s 24-16 win over UCLA. The Beavers defeated Arizona State, 28-17 on Saturday to snap a two-game skid.

Television Coverage
Saturday’s game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Petros Papadakis (color) handling the announcing duties. The game will be carried live in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.

Radio Plans
Saturday’s Stanford-Oregon State game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and former Stanford players Todd Husak (analysis) and Mike McLaughlin (sidelines) handling the broadcast duties. All broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game live with David Lombardi calling the action.

Stanford-Oregon State Series
Stanford leads the overall series against Oregon State, which dates back to 1919, 48-24-3. Stanford won last year’s meeting, 36-28, but is just 2-6 against Oregon State dating back to the 2000 campaign (the teams did not meet in 2001) and is 4-8 over the last 12 meetings dating back to 1996. Stanford held the upperhand in the series prior to Oregon State’s recent success, holding a 23-3-1 advantage in 27 games played beginning with the 1969 contest in Corvallis. Stanford has dropped four of its last six meetings against the Beavers in Corvallis, including a 23-6 decision in its last trip in 2007.

Cardinal Clips

  • Have won three straight and are 4-1 on the season after defeating UCLA, 24-16 Saturday at Stanford Stadium...Stanford is enjoying its best five-game start since the 2001 season when the Cardinal were also 4-1 after five games on its way to a 5-1, six-game start.
  • Stanford’s 4-1 record ties for the best third-best five-game mark in the post-World War II era...only the 1951 (5-0) and 1995 (4-0-1) teams posted better five-game marks...this marks the 11th time since 1946 Stanford has been 4-1 at the five-game mark of the season...a win on Saturday would give Stanford its best six-game start since 2001.
  • Stanford’s current three-game winning streak is its longest since the 2005 season when it defeated Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State in succession...the Cardinal last won four straight games in 2001, when it finished the regular season with consecutive victories over Arizona, Cal, Notre Dame and San Jose State.
  • Sit atop the Pac-10 Conference standings with a 3-0 record with wins over Washington State, Washington and UCLA...the last time Stanford won its first three conference games was in 1999, when the Cardinal won the Pac-10 title to earn a trip to the Rose Bowl...this marks just the fourth time since 1970 and seventh time in the post- World War II era Stanford finds itself 3-0 in conference play...in four of the previous six seasons Stanford has started 3-0 in conference, the Cardinal found themselves in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day (1999, 1971, 1970 and 1951).
  • Have trailed for only 4:42 seconds this season and have outscored opponents 98-33 in the first half.
  • Are 1-1 on the road this season but are just 17-34 in road contests dating back to the 2000 season, including a 5-15 mark over the last four seasons.
  • Stanford is now 7-1 at home over the last two seasons after posting just a 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07...are 8-1 over its last nine games at Stanford Stadium dating back to the final game of the 2007 campaign against Cal.
  • Rank second in the Pac-10 behind Arizona in rushing offense (221.8)...also rank second in scoring offense (31.20) and third in total offense (410.).
  • Toby Gerhart rushed for 134 yards on a career high 29 carries Saturday vs. UCLA...he leads the Pac-10 Conference and is ranked fourth nationally in rushing average with a 130.0 per game mark...he now ranks fifth on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,301 yards.
  • Chris Owusu continues to lead the nation in kickoff return average with a 55.57 mark.
  • Stanford will travel to Tucson next Saturday to face Arizona before returning to Stanford Stadium to host Arizona State on Oct. 24 in the annual Reuinion Homecoming Game.
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